Global Business Leaders Discuss Productivity at CIMA Conference

TORONTO, Oct. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - On 29th October CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) hosted a wide ranging discussion on the issue of Productivity. The conference brought together global business leaders, journalists and political leaders from Canada and around the globe to discuss from a business and finance perspective, productivity in Canada.

CIMA President Malcolm Furber, FCMA, CGMA, delivered the opening remarks. He was followed by the key note speaker, Craig Alexander, Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, TD Bank Group. Canadian Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty MP, also provided a written address to the conference.

Following the key note speech, there was a lively round table discussion with experts on productivity including, Ken Jones, Dean Emeritus at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Pavi Binning, President of George Weston Limited, Bill Currie, Americas Managing Director and Vice Chair, Deloitte Canada, Andy Robling, Vice President, Hays Recruiting Experts Worldwide, John Ruffolo, CEO, OMERS Ventures and Tahira Hassan, Non executive Director, Brambles Limited.

Martin Saxton, Chair, CIMA  Canada stated:

"It was enlightening to listen to global business leaders discuss the need for continuous improvement in productivity to compete with emerging economies and to ensure commercial sustainability of organisations. CIMA and CGMA are committed to leading research and developing thought leadership reports to ensure that management accountants continue to lead productivity initiatives."

CIMA is committed to wide ranging research and the conference was held in tandem with our sponsors TD Bank Group, Deloitte LLP, EC Advance, Hays Recruiting Experts Worldwide , Ted Rogers School of Management, George Weston Limited and the Globe and Mail. For more information about CIMA's work in Canada please go to

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, founded in 1919, is the world's leading and largest professional body of Management Accountants, with over 203,000 members and students operating in 173 countries, working at the heart of business. CIMA members and students work in industry, commerce, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations. CIMA works closely with employers and sponsors leading-edge research, constantly updating its qualification, professional experience requirements and continuing professional development to ensure it remains the employers' choice when recruiting financially-trained business leaders.

Professionalism and ethics are at the core of CIMA's activities with every member and student bound by rigorous standards so that integrity, expertise and vision are brought together.

CIMA has formed a joint venture with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) to establish the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. CGMA is the global quality standard that further elevates the profession of management accounting.

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